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Colorado Bike To Work Day is next week

by Richard Masoner

Coloradans, remember that Wednesday, June 27 is Colorado Bike To Work Day. The Denver Post reports on Denver area bike commuters.

About 17,000 people across the state commute by bike, according to a 2000 U.S. Census Bureau survey. June is Bike to Work Month, culminating in Bike to Work Day on June 27, and organizers are hoping to see those numbers grow.

Last year, 20,490 riders participated in Bike to Work Day in the metro area, and more are expected this year, said event coordinator Sarah Carroll of the Denver Regional Council of Governments.

Those who did participate in last year’s event typically had a commute similar to the Browns’ of nearly 10 miles one way.

The goal of the day is not only to ease congestion and reduce the number of miles traveled by car, but also to get more people to realize that commuting by bicycle is not as daunting a task as it may seem, Carroll said. Other bike commuters agreed that getting up the nerve to ride is the first step.

“The hardness is just that it takes a little more preparation,” said Dan Grunig, longtime bicycle commuter and executive director of Bicycle Colorado, an advocacy group for bicyclists across the state that has about 5,000 members.

Cyclists in the 2006 event rode to work on average 9.2 days the three months following the event, compared with 0.5 days per month before participating in the day.

 
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3 Responses to “Colorado Bike To Work Day is next week”

  1. Nicole says:

    Smaller cities around Colorado also have bike activities going on the entire week of the 25th – 1st, so Colorado residents should be sure to check their city website. In Fort Collins, on Bike to Work Day they have great breakfast stations around town sponsored and manned by local businesses. Last year, I scored a smoothie, water, eggs, a bagel and other goodies only a block from my house. It was also great to chat with the other commuters (and some roadies out for a morning ride) as I ate my breakfast. Of course, now my bike commute is only 3 minutes, so chances are slim I’ll come across a breakfast station. :)

  2. Fritz says:

    Thanks for the info, Nicole. On Bike To Work Day I stretch my commute out by hitting as many breakfast stations as possible ;-)

  3. Gina says:

    Panera Bread locations in Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins provide a FREE bagel and coffee if you commute by bike that day!

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